Pulses are generally hailed as superfoods because they are rich in plant-based protein, are loaded with nutrients and so play an important role within a balanced diet, and according to some research even help prevent and manage various diseases. That’s nothing new.
It’s thought that humans have been growing and eating pulses for thousands of years. So, while our ancestors may not have been eating sophisticated meals, they certainly understood what was good for them! The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation recognises 11 types of pulses: dry beans; dry-broad beans; dry peas; chickpeas; cowpeas; pigeon peas; lentils; Bambara beans; vetches, pulses AND… (mighty) lupins.
The main type of lupin is the Australian Sweet Lupin (Lupinus angustifolius), most of which is grown in Western Australia, like our own sustainably produced lupin flakes.
Did you know the edible seeds of lupin plants in the legume family grow in pods?
Our GM free flakes are simply made from the lupin seeds. First, we dehull the whole seeds, then split and mill them so they can then be carefully ground into flakes. That’s it – all 100% natural. Ready just for you.
OK, but why are lupin flakes so much more of a superfood than any other pulse?
A superfood has got to be rich in nutrients as well as being beneficial for health and well-being. TLC Lupin Protein Flakes are jam-packed with protein, fibre and other vital nutrients and totally free of genetically modified ingredients, additives or preservatives. What is more, they are good for the planet.
As far as we know, lupin flakes offer the world’s richest natural source of combined protein (40%) with all nine essential amino acids and dietary fibre (37%). High in minerals with ultra-low carbohydrates (4%) they are a genuinely healthy alternative to high carb lower-protein grains like quinoa and rice, let alone high-protein lean meat like chicken. Even legumes such as lentils and chickpeas, so frequently mentioned as indispensable plant-based protein superfoods, are no match for lupin’s credentials!
A quick glance at TLC Lupin Protein Flakes’ nutritional information is enough to see why they are the big legume! And they’re even low GI and gluten-free too!
It’s little wonder a 400-gramme pack of TLC Lupin Protein Flakes goes a very long way. Our recommended daily serving is only 40-grammes – approximately 4 tablespoons - which contains 16 grammes of protein, 14.8 grammes of fibre, just 1.6 grammes of carbohydrates and healthy doses of bio-available calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium!
Vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, flexitarians, keto dieters - in fact anyone who wants to boost their plant-based diet - should enjoy our natural, golden lupin flakes!
Delicious and so easy to prepare; use them raw just as they are, without any need for soaking. And they can be boiled, baked, blended, casseroled or grilled.
Unlike its Mediterranean counterpart (Lupinus albus), the Australian Sweet Lupin that our tasty lupin flakes are made with has a sweet, neutral taste.
Lupin flakes have a grainy texture that works really well in all kinds of recipes, particularly those that have a texture like traditional British favourites such as carrot cake, scones and pancakes. Or Mediterranean favourites like falafel, or more sophisticated dishes such as curries.
The cherry on the flake!
Because these mighty golden flakes are uniquely high in protein as well as fibre, they can help you feel fuller for longer and reduce those naughty cravings. Clinical studies have shown that adding lupin to other foods increases satiety (the feeling of fullness) and lowers the body’s total energy intake throughout the day. Not to mention improving bowel health.
The legume that was once used by Aussie farmers to improve their soil has come a long way… And seems likely to be crowned King of all superfoods soon! Watch this space. And please help us share the word – and the word, of course, is: lupin!